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2012 News

12 December 2012

Intersect has collaborated extensively with members on proposals for NeCTAR Virtual Laboratories (VL) and Research Tools (RT). We assisted members on a total of 27 proposals across the two calls. That assistance included technology advice, project scoping, and assisting consortia build their base of collaborators.

11 December 2012

Intersect is now working with researchers to identify potential data sets for the Intersect RDSI node. 

16 October 2012

The 2013 Intersect HPC Resource Allocation Round is now open. Both NCI and Intersect are currently upgrading their HPC systems, and this means significantly more resources than last year. In most cases it is our intent to allocate resource applications in full.

15 October 2012

Work has begun on extending and enhancing the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank. This NeCTAR funded project will build on Intersect’s earlier work, deployed in 2009, which delivered a secure, commercial grade system for collecting, storing and sharing schizophrenia research data. 

15 October 2012

Researchers at UNE are invited to the launch of the new N.C.W. Beadle Herbarium software and eResearch Open Day. A range of speakers will outline new services and software in agriculture, health, ecology and biomechanics.  

17 September 2012

NeCTAR late yesterday announced the nine proposals recommended for funding under NeCTAR Stage 2. Intersect is involved in four of these projects.

13 August 2012

Intersect will work on extending and enhancing the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank (ASRB) for the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

13 August 2012

It was impossible to miss news reports in July that Australians only receive “appropriate” healthcare 57% of the time.

The CareTrack study is the first national overview of clinical care in Australia, studying the level of care provided to a sample of 1,154 adults for 22 of the most common conditions. It found that while parts of the Australian healthcare system were excellent, major deficiencies still existed, particularly in providing the proper care for conditions such as high blood pressure or sinusitis.

25 July 2012

The Intersect consortium has selected SGI to provide new high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to further research in NSW.

Image - The ICE_X_CGI, Intersect's new High Performance Computer, also known as Orange
03 July 2012

NeCTAR has announced another round of completed agreements.

03 July 2012

About 55 heads of agencies and senior representatives of eResearch agencies attended the second forum of Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) in Melbourne on 18 June. The forum pursued the top priorities identified in the first forum, and subsequently ranked in a targeted survey. 

03 July 2012

The first five nodes of the $50 million Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project have been announced. The storage network is intended to transform the way in which research data collections are stored and accessed in Australia.

07 June 2012

Proposals are due 4pm AEST on Friday 29 June 2012. See: http://www.nectar.org.au/request-proposal-stage-two

07 June 2012

For round 2 NeCTAR proposals, NeCTAR has launched an online forum to encourage collaboration. Proposals are due 4pm AEST on Friday June 29, 2012 

07 May 2012

Intersect has been approved for RDSI by the CAUDIT vendor panel.  This means that there will now be a simplified process of engagement for members dealing with the preferred suppliers.

RDSI and CAUDIT have established the panel of vendors to provide cost effective infrastructure and services for the sector in the following areas: storage, servers, network equipment, software and cloud storage.

07 May 2012

NeCTAR's Request for Proposal stage two is now open. Those interested in submitting project proposals must register to download RFP stage two documentation.

Only Virtual Laboratories and Research Cloud node project proposals may be submitted in this round. Research Tool and National Server Program proposals will not be accepted.

24 April 2012

Intersect is offering training in the following topics in the near future:

05 April 2012
CSIRO has joined Intersect as an affiliate member, becoming our thirteenth member.

CSIRO’s Director of eResearch Dr John Taylor said "CSIRO is looking forward to developing a strong partnership with Intersect in delivery of a broad range of eResearch services to CSIRO researchers based in NSW and around the nation".

CSIRO's Director of eResearch Dr John Taylor: delivering eResearch services to CSIRO researchers.
08 March 2012

Expect the next call for NeCTAR proposals to be announced soon. NeCTAR’s RFP is the process by which the Australian research community can apply for funding to create or develop research infrastructure. Stage 2 RFP release is scheduled for 30 April.

27 February 2012
Approximately 60 people attended a forum in Sydney addressing issues facing the sector nationally.

Intersect has hosted a forum of Australasian eResearch providers aimed at developing a collaborative program to strengthen eResearch and address issues facing the sector nationally.

Image - Attendees at the AERO forum
06 February 2012

Intersect has completed work on a metadata management project for neutron beam instrument data at the Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

06 February 2012

The next round of resource allocations for HPC resources opens today and remains open until 24th February. Allocations will be made for access to both McLaren and NCI facilities for the period from 1st April to 30th September 2012.

06 February 2012

Intersect and the other state-based eResearch service providers are convening a forum aimed at strengthening national eResearch on 20 February.